As a parent, you know that children love snack times and look forward to it. Whether it is about a quick bite in the afternoon or after school, any time can be turned into snack time. However, the only problem with snacks is not having enough time or running out of ideas for preparing delicious & healthy snacks.
That’s why we decided to create a list of healthy snacks that are easy to make and taste absolutely delicious. And the best part about these recipes is that you wouldn’t have to make a run to the store for ingredients. For most of the recipes shared on this blog, include ingredients you probably already have present in your kitchen.
10 Easy & Tasty Recipe Ideas for Snack Time At Home
You can prepare these recipes for snack time at home or even as a healthy & tasty lunch for the weekend:
1. Yogurt Bites
Yogurt Bites makes the perfect candidate for a tasty and healthy snack. In fact, there’s a good chance that you may have already seen this snack offered by toddler food brands.
Surprisingly, this healthy snack is really easy to make at home.
Here’s how to make a “Yogurt Bites” snack:
- Make a 1/4 cup puree of any fruit that your children like, such as strawberries, peaches, mango, blueberries, etc. You can use a blender or a food processor to make the fruit puree.
- Take 1 cup of Greek yogurt and add it to a bowl.
- Mix Greek yogurt and honey with the fruit puree.
- Whisk all the ingredients until fully combined.
- Add the mixture to a zipper plastic bag and cut one of the corners.
- Create small dollops of the mixture on a baking sheet.
- Put it in the freezer for 1 hour or more until it sets properly.
2. Ants on a Log
The name of this recipe is “Ants on a Log” because it looks as if ants are walking through a log. The best part about this recipe is that it offers a good source of protein and also contains fresh veggies!
And, did I mention that “Ants on a Log” is super easy to make and looks amazing as well? Yep, this recipe ticks all the boxes and makes for a really tasty snack time.
Here’s how to make an “Ants on a Log” snack:
- Cut down the celery stalks to a size that’s easy to handle.
- Fill the celery stalks with peanut butter. You can also try other things, such as cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or any other dips.
- Add raisins as toppings (It will look just like ants). You can also try other items such as dates, apricot, peas, and seeds.
3. Donut Apples
The only reason these are called “Donut Apples” is because of the shape. Otherwise, it doesn’t taste anything like a donut since it doesn’t include unhealthy added sugars, preservatives, and other stuff.
That’s why you can think of it as a healthier version of donuts that are specifically made for children. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few bites of this tasty & healthy snack!
Here’s how to make Donut Apples:
- Slice the apples and hollow the center portion with a cookie/biscuit cutter.
- Add cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of honey to a bowl.
- Mix it well.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on the apple slices.
- Add assorted sprinkles as toppings.
You can experiment with different mixtures, such as cream cheese + melted chocolate, cream cheese + honey + food coloring, and so on.
4. Banana Sushi
Do your children watch you eat sushi but don’t like fish? Then the solution is “Banana Sushi” snacks! It looks just like sushi, except it is made of bananas and is way healthier.
In case you don’t know, bananas are a rich source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and dietary fibers. Another benefit of munching on banana sushi besides being tasty, is that it packs a lot of nutrients in one snack!
Here’s how to make Banana Sushi:
- Peel a banana.
- Add melted chocolate toppings to the banana.
- Make bite-sized banana pieces by chopping them with a knife.
You can try different toppings on bananas, such as peanut butter, rice krispies, shredded coconut, and so on.
5. Fruit Salsa
Most of the time kids do not salsa, it’s usually too spicy for them. So, why not turn traditional salsa into something far healthier and fun for the kids? If you haven’t tried it yet, then it is high time to fill up your snack time with fruit salsa.
Fruit salsa looks great and tastes delicious… But the best part is that it delivers all the nutrients of fruits!
Here’s how to make Fruit Salsa:
- Take fresh fruits and then chop them down. You can try strawberries, apples, mangos, kiwi, and pineapples.
- Add a little sugar to the fruits and mix it well.
- Take baked cinnamon tortilla chips and scoop the fruit salsa.
How to make the baked cinnamon tortilla chips:
- Brush flour tortillas with melted unsalted butter. Then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon sugar until tortilla is covered.
- Cut the tortillas into wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
- Place cut tortillas evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake on 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes (check after 8 minutes, sugar can easily burn and darken if left in for too long)
6. Spinach Muffins
If your little one avoids eating greens, then it is time to make spinach muffins. This snack is made with spinach, wholemeal flour, and cheese.
All of the ingredients present in spinach muffins also make them great food for 6-month-old babies and toddlers alike.
Here’s how to make Spinach Muffins:
- Take 200g of fresh spinach and shred it in a food processor.
- Take a bowl and add the shredded spinach, shredded cheddar cheese (100g), and 1 tbsp dried thyme.
- Add two eggs to the bowl and mix it well.
- Add 5 tbsp of Greek Yogurt to the bowl and mix once again.
- Add 150g of whole wheat flour and 150g of plain white flour to the bowl.
- Mix all the ingredients.
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes.
7. Fruit Pizza Crackers
Kids love to eat pizza. But in this next recipe we are going to discuss “Fruit Pizza Crackers”. As soon as the kids hear the word “pizza”, they will come running to eat your snack.
Here’s how to make Fruit Pizza Crackers:
- Add cream cheese and a little bit of honey in a bowl.
- Mix it well.
- Spread the cream cheese and honey spread on the cracker.
- Add some chopped fruits as toppings on the cracker.
Try this recipe with different crackers such as graham crackers, crispbread, Triscuits, Ritz crackers, or your family’s favorite crackers. Also, Nutella could be a fun alternative to the cream cheese and honey spread.
8. Fruit Popsicles
Popsicles are something that is loved by kids and adults alike. And during the spring and summer season, there’s no better way to beat the heat than a cold Popsicle.
But, instead of buying them from the store, why not make fruit popsicles at home? They would be healthier and more delicious than what you can find at the stores!
Here’s how to make Fruit Popsicles:
- Chop up some fruits such as strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, and blueberries.
- Add apple juice (white grape juice, water, or lemonade could be substituted for apple juice) and fruits to Popsicle molds.
- Put the Popsicle molds in the freezer.
- Enjoy the frozen popsicles that are healthy & tasty.
9. Brownie Batter Dip
Want to get your little ones to eat fruit? Then why not make a brownie batter dip for them? This can be used for dipping apples, berries, and any other type of fruit. In fact, it can even be used for crackers (feel free to let your kids experiment with different things).
Here’s how to make Brownie Batter Dip:
- Add butter and cream cheese to a large bowl.
- Beat the two ingredients together until they are smooth.
- Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, cocoa, and Vanilla.
- Mix all ingredients once again (2-3 mins).
10. Frozen Yogurt Raspberries
Kids love to eat frozen treats during the summer and that’s why the next recipe we have is for “Frozen Yogurt Raspberries”. Just like all the other 9 recipes, this one is also easy to make and highly nutritious.
Here’s how to make Frozen Yogurt Raspberries:
- Add Greek yogurt into a pastry bag and put it in the freezer. This is done to harden the yogurt just a little bit (45 min – 1 hr).
- Fill the center of the raspberries with yogurt.
Enjoy these Snacks!
After reading through all these recipes, not having enough time isn’t an excuse. All these recipes are quick and easy to make and deliver a lot of nutrition to the kids! Also, many of these recipes can be made with the assistance of a certain little helper (your child). One way to encourage your child to try new and different foods is by allowing them to assist you in preparing their meals or snacks.